Preston Jordan Lim

Assistant Professor of Law


Preston Jordan Lim is an assistant professor of law at Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. His teaching and research interests include public international law – particularly China’s relationship with the international legal system – and comparative constitutional law, with a focus on Canadian constitutional interpretation. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in general law reviews such as the University of British Columbia Law Review and Queen’s Law Journal as well as in specialist law reviews such as the Cornell International Law Journal and the Asia-Pacific Law & Policy Journal. He has also written extensively for newspapers and popular outlets, ranging from the Globe and Mail to Lawfare.

Lim holds an AB (summa cum laude) from Princeton University, a Master in Global Affairs from Tsinghua University, where he studied as a Schwarzman Scholar, and a JD from Yale Law School. He has served as a Policy Advisor to the Honourable Erin O’Toole—then foreign affairs critic in Canada’s House of Commons—as well as a law clerk to the Justices of the Court of Appeal for Ontario and to Chief Justice Richard Wagner of the Supreme Court of Canada.


Practice Experience

  • Judicial Law Clerk, Supreme Court of Canada (Office of the Registrar)
  • Judicial Law Clerk, Court of Appeal for Ontario
  • Summer Student, McCarthy Tétrault - Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Policy Advisor to The Honourable Erin O'Toole, Parliament of Canada

Office: Rm 237, John F. Scarpa Hall
Phone: 610-519-6526
Fax: 610-519-6837


Courses and Seminars

  • China and International Law
  • Constitutional Law II
  • Public International Law


  • Yale Law School, JD
  • Schwarzman Scholars, Master of Global Affairs
  • Princeton University, AB (Near Eastern Studies)